“Keep Austin Weird” is a poor offering from Apple. The flashbacks are starting to drag, as is Bailey’s stereotypical teenager shtick, and the repetitive nature of the plotting makes this a painful watch overall. Even the hook of the initial mystery doesn’t seem that enticing anymore.
We recap the Apple TV+ series The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 3, “Keep Austin Weird,” which contains spoilers.
After joining some pretty vague dots together, Hannah (Jennifer Garner) has decided to take her stepdaughter Bailey (Angourie Rice) to Austin to uncover the truth behind her husband’s disappearance.
These minor connections to Austin come from a US Marshal based there and Bailey’s vague memory of seeing a football game there with her dad as a child once.
In “Keep Austin Weird,” Bailey retraces her steps, hoping to trigger forgotten, buried memories, while Grady (Augusto Aguilera) watches over Hannah’s houseboat as the investigation deepens.
The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 3 Recap
The third episode starts on that plane journey, as Hannah and Bailey head to Austin. The passengers are all reading articles about the scandal, indicating that the investigation is being expanded. Jake calls Hannah in Austin, she is now wanted by the FBI for a formal interview immediately, but she has gone and left the state.
After checking in at the hotel, Hannah decides to head straight to the stadium. This is the same hotel seen in the opening scene of the series, where Bailey does a runner.
What memories are triggered by the stadium?
Feeling paranoid and watched, they head to the stadium. Bailey is particularly angsty today and argues with Hannah nonstop. She thinks the idea is ridiculous, but it starts to work. A foam hand triggers a memory. Bailey remembers being at the game with her dad, he was wearing a suit, and she was in a dress. She thinks they have just been to a wedding.
They decide to search the local churches in the area. Max informs Hannah that the senior staff members may be indicted next. Once she has hung up, she realizes that Bailey has gone missing.
Hannah finds her at a concert hall. Bailey misses rehearsals and her normal life. While hunting out local churches, Avett calls Hannah from a blocked number.
He blames Owen, stating that his tech caused the issues in the first place. Avett mentions Owen having a murky history but won’t elaborate. The phone call feels like a veiled threat to Hannah. She cuts the conversation short, refusing to give Avett any leverage or information.
Bailey senses a familiarity with a certain church, and they investigate this venue further. Although their search is inconclusive. Jake phones again. Avett’s second in command has been indicted now. It isn’t looking suitable for Owen.
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Jake urges Hannah to comply and allow the FBI to interview her. If she can prove her innocence, she may be safe, but he believes Owen may be a lost cause. Of course, Hannah still thinks he’s innocent.
Hannah asks Jake to buy her one more day.
What does Grady find in Hannah’s house?
Meanwhile, at Hannah’s houseboat, Grady watches the comings and goings at the dock. Bobby drops off a goodie bag for Bailey, and a tough-looking man spies on the home. This same man tries to break in that very night. Grady stops them and asks for their name. The bald man says he is Eric, The Shop’s head of security. He was checking up on Owen.
Grady tells Eric to leave and then breaks in himself. Inside, he finds Hannah’s poorly hidden bag of money.
The Last Thing He Told Me Season 1 Episode 3 Ending Explained
That night, Bailey and Hannah argue some more. Bailey clearly thinks their investigation is hopeless. Owen doesn’t want to be found. The teen wants to go home. Jules phones, asking how the church hunt went.
Hannah asks her friend to visit the house and find Bailey’s piggy bank. She thinks there may be a clue in there. The piggy bank was a hint for a password on Owen’s laptop, after all. Jules accepts this crazy request and heads over, finding a key in the piggy bank.
What does the Private Investigator find?
Jake calls with some shocking news. His Private Investigator has done some digging into Owen and Bailey’s pasts. He was unable to find anything at all. No wedding certificates, birth certificates, school records, or evidence of a life at all. There are simply no records at all. Owen and Bailey practically don’t exist.
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